Hand and arm in cast

Pit bull attack physically and financially damages my life

Name: Christine
Victim: Adult
Location: Street, Delaware
Year of attack: 2018

Tell us about the attack

I was walking my dog went around a corner one block from my house. A pit bull ran off a porch, and attacked me and my dog. I had my dog picked up to my waist trying to keep the pit bull from hurting her. The pit bull bit my right forearm and hand, partially amputated my right index finger, and punctured my left hand fingers and left forearm. Eight surgeries and now complete amputation of right index finger, years of physical therapy, nerve pain, rabies shot series, financial devastation from the medical costs.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Financially, I lost my job, retirement savings, and incurred medical bills exceeding $300,000 dollars. I have pain all the time. I am limited to no use of right hand, limited use of left hand. Years of seeing a physiotherapist. My family has been affected by this also. It has been very difficult.

Are there any funds to help victims of pit bulls? Anyone who has information on who I need to talk to, please let me know.

Legal Consequences
The pit bull was put down as this was its third attack. The pit owner didn’t even get a fine, not that that money would have come to me, anyway.

What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Be aware of what pit bulls are in your area.